News and Events May 2013

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flowerAttention Flower Arrangers.
Masterclass by Pat Symonds on Friday May 17th, 14.00 in Barnack Church.  Please bring a container, foliage and tulips.
In June (date to be arranged) Ann Taylor will be tutoring a workshop.
Later in the year, Pat Symonds will be with us for an Autumn / Harvest evening demonstration.
New members most welcome – contact Joan Laycock on 740267 for further details.

Barnack Community Association
The AGM of the Barnack Community Association will take place in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st May. Please come along and find out how we are spending the magnificent £1050 that was raised at our February fund raising supper.

The Buttercross Club
At our meeting on April 3rd Denise Taylor from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf gave an entertaining talk about the origins of the organization in this country, the training the dogs receive and the skills which enable the dogs to be such a support to a person who is profoundly deaf. Doctor Bruce Fogle, a veterinary surgeon, brought the idea of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf to the UK from the USA and Canada. He is the father of Ben Fogle of TV fame. Ben now uses his celebrity to raise much needed funds. Like so many excellent charities it relies solely on the generosity of the public to keep going.
We were fortunate in that one of the recipients of a hearing dog, John, brought along his lovely black Labrador, Poppy, who lay peacefully at his feet throughout the whole talk. John interjected occasionally with details of the help he received from Poppy and some of her little foibles. For example, she knows that on the whole the smoke alarm going off means the toast is burnt and that she will receive a chunk of the aforesaid toast, so although she still indicates the danger of the situation to John, she always looks towards the toaster in anticipation!
A hearing dog is never owned by its recipient. It remains in the ownership of the organization. Much time, effort and cost goes in to the training so that should the dog no longer be required, say through the sad death of the deaf person, its skills can be used by another deaf person - and there is a waiting list of 5 years! It is even more expensive to train a hearing dog for a profoundly deaf child but that dog has a transforming effect on the life of the child, giving him/her confidence, helping him/her to socialize and, most importantly, contributing enormously to the child’s safety.
The organization reached its 30th anniversary recently and a goal was set to raise £30,000. The fund-raising effort included the publication of a lovely calendar featuring Merlin, who was retiring from his role as a hearing dog. £72,000 was raised! The members of Buttercross decided that Hearing Dogs for the Deaf would be one of the charities we support in 2013 so Denise was given a cheque for £100.
Diary Dates
There is a visit by coach to the National Arboretum on May 1st.  Members who are going should be at Bainton Reading Room at 8:45am.
On Sunday, June 2nd the Buttercross Club is having a Tea Party in Bainton Reading Room to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation. It’s a chance to get the bunting out again and we are hoping for better weather than at the Jubilee celebrations! There will be sandwiches, cakes and tea all at a modest charge of £5 for adults and £2.50 for children over 11. No charge for the very youngest amongst us! Please do come along and support us.

Thank you from Sheila
Thank you for helping me to celebrate my 80th birthday. It was a joy to see all who came to my tea-party at Liz Young’s house and a week later a celebration in church with a birthday card made by the children, a birthday cake and a beautiful birthday basket of spring flowers.
Thank you to those who generously donated to a fund for the Children’s Church which raised a tremendous total of £127. This is going to be used to buy a large notice board for the vestry to display the children’s work.
Thank you for making this a never-to-be-forgotten birthday. Sheila Berrill

Sabbatical leave – Rev Andy Fyall
You may be aware that I am taking sabbatical leave from 20th May – 19th August.  During this period I will be looking into the question of why people do or do not invite others to worship, drawing on information gathered from Methodist, Anglican non-denominational and Roman Catholic Churches.
I look forward to sharing my findings with you later in the year.
I will also be journeying to the Holy Land on a Study Tour with Cliff College in early July.  Whilst there we will be thinking about the ministry of Jesus where it happened, using Luke’s Gospel as a guide.
See you later in the summer!

Bainton Family Day Sunday 7th July
Bainton House, Bainton lunchtime onwards All the traditional fun as in previous years..... A date to be set in stone - watch this space for more news

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Thank you for your support for our April Coffee Morning which raised a further £97.30 for our funds.  We look forward to seeing you again on Saturday, 4 May, at the usual time of 10am to 11am.
We would also like to invite you to join with us on Sunday 5 May at 6pm when we will be celebrating our Chapel Anniversary.

Painting Demonstration
Water colour painting demonstration by well known Artist Sandra Peck at Ufford Village Hall on Thursday 30th May 10am - 12am. Visitors welcome. £7

Barnack with Pilsgate and Southorpe in old photographs
The  first print of this book, 250 copies, has sold out and a second print will shortly appear. These will be available from Walker’s Bookshop in Stamford or from me at Nethercott, Stamford Road, Barnack.
Tel, 740988. Price £5.
The proceeds from the sale of the book are going towards the cost of printing a further local history book entitled School in Barnack  A short history from early times to 1951. This book, with 21 photographs and 6 facsimiles from school records, tells the story of schooling in Barnack from medieval times to the year when the present school building came into use.
The books are being donated to the Barnack School Association for sale and the proceeds will be used for the benefit of Barnack Primary School.  Further details are available from Michelle Goodwin on 749337. Brian Palmer

A weekend of fundraising!
Robyn Martin from Wittering road, Barnack is doing a skydive for Rutland Sailability. She is holding a weekend of fundraising. First holding a coffee morning at her house, Mistletoe House, Wittering Road, on Saturday 18th May at 10am until 12pm and also holding a quiz night at the White Hart on Sunday 19th May at 7.30pm until 10pm. The quiz night costs £15 per teams of 6 which includes nibbles at half time. Any raffle donations are greatly appreciated. It will be good to see some local faces at both events and really look forward to meeting everyone! Please contact Robyn either at home on 01780 740048 or at the White Hart on 01780 740250.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
The winners in March and April were as follows
£20    No. 198   M. Perkins
£10    No. 116   L. Pollock
£5      No. 194   A. Butland
£20    No. 126   A. Knight
£10    No. 96     P. Sindall
£5      No. 196   J. Elwood

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 10th May at the Blue Boar. Normal bainton pub rules apply, all welcome. To volunteer to host a pub night, speak to Rob on 01780 740709.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 5th June, we are planning to dine again at Stamford College Gallery Restaurant, meeting at 12 noon.  The 3 course meal is £11.50 (£5.00 deposit will need to be paid beforehand to secure our booking).  We will be in touch shortly to hear if you will be joining us and for your choice from the menu.

Messy Church with Barnack Baptists
In May our monthly Messy Church will be on Sunday the 19th at 4pm, in Barnack School Hall.  Messy Church is great fun for families to enjoy together. For about three quarters of an hour we have lots of themed crafts and fun activities.For Messy Church on the 28th April we’ll be thinking about Joseph and his amazing coat and doing lots of colourful activities, and for May the theme is all about new life in the Spirit.   Then we all sit together for a short Bible story exploring our theme and sing some songs, ‘Our God is a great big God’ is a firm favourite. Come along and we will be delighted to see you.  We finish off with a light meal around long tables for everyone to stay and enjoy. So there’ll be no need to prepare food when you get home.  To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group is for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years and takes place every Tuesday in school term time, (that’s the 7th, 14th and 21st in May), at Barnack Village Hall.  It runs from 10am to 12noon.  Little Lambs is a very popular and friendly place to meet new people, catch up with friends and watch the children explore the joy of playing together.  For the first hour the hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, craft activities and rugs to sit on.  Midway through the morning, we clear away the toys and sit down around a long table for tea, coffee and delicious cakes while the children have a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit. Then it’s time for a short bible story and action songs which all the children seem to really enjoy.  This leaves ten minutes or so at the end for the toddlers to let off a bit of steam as they whizz round on cars and trikes before going home for a well-earned rest, and hopefully an afternoon nap.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church– for further details please contact Karen Dunn 749198. We look forward to meeting you.

Youth Club
Youth Club happens in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time. This month there’ll be Youth Club on the 3rd and 17th May with the next one on the 7th June.  It’s for all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe. There’s table tennis, pool, table football, Wii, craft activities and tuck shop and usually the evening ends with team games. It’s 50p to get in + extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity. Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church.  For further information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198.

Men’s Breakfasts
Come along to Barnack Village Hallon Saturday 11th May at 8.30am for another opportunity to enjoy good company and a full English breakfast -sausage, bacon, black pudding etc, the full works!  After the breakfast there will be a short talk by someone local.  It’s okay to just arrive on the morning or ring Rob Porter 01780 740663 to find out more.  Men’s breakfasts are organised by Barnack Baptist Church.

Barnack Baptist Church weekend house party.
One rather cold, wet and windy Friday in March, 23 people from Barnack Baptist Church set off for Livermere Hall on the edge of the Suffolk Breckland not far from Bury St Edmunds.  The house had been built as a rectory in the 1820’s and with 10 bedrooms and lots of shabbily’ grand living space it was an ideal location for a fun filled weekend for all ages from 2 years old to 80- something.  During the weekend we learnt about Samson from the Old Testament, played lots of games, ate great meals, relaxed and just enjoyed each other’s company.  After a windy walk on the Saturday afternoon we were glad to get back to the warmth of the hall for tea and cakes and then a delicious home cooked meal.  We began Sunday with worship then drove off to West Stow Country Park where there was a really good playground (enjoyed by all ages!) and finished off the weekend back at the Hall with Sunday roast. Everyone said they had had a really good time and several of the young people commented on how much they had enjoyed just making our own entertainment together.
We plan to have another church weekend away in about 18 months’ time.

Royal British Legion
17 April - a group of 40 visited the Harrier Heritage Centre at RAF Wittering. We had lunch in the Senior NCOs’ Mess, were given a guided tour of the Harrier display, a most interesting and informative presentation on the history of the base and several members had the opportunity to shoot on the DCCT (electronic) indoor range. As our guest of honour, we had Cliff Shepherd from the Stamford branch, accompanied by his daughter Thelma Handford. Cliff, who will be 100 years old on 2 July, was an RAF Regiment Warrant Officer during WWII and was mentioned in dispatches for his role in shooting down enemy aircraft during the Battle of the Bulge. Our thanks to all the personnel who were involved in our visit, not only for organising it for us, but also for the genuine cheerfulness and helpfulness they all displayed on the day. It is clear that our Armed forces are in excellent hands.
25 April - several of us attended the annual Anzac Day commemoration by Sgt. Hunter’s grave (Google “The Lonely Anzac” for more information) in Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough. As a result of the efforts of Bill Dalglish, OA, this has grown into a significant event and is now attended by the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the Mayor of Peterborough, representatives of the Armed Forces of Australia, New Zealand and the UK, local RBL and cadet units and civic dignitaries.
Wanted - a Standard Bearer. After many years of exemplary service in the role, Ted Murray has decided to make way for a younger man or woman. If any member would like to take on the post, please let me know - full training is available. A job share is a possibility!
Max Sawyer, Branch Secretary

Quiz Supper - Barnack Cricket Club
A terrific evening was had by all in Barnack Village Hall on March 16th.
There were a great number of tables and teams, a great set of questions, (mostly) a great set of answers and overall a great deal of fun had by a great bunch of people.
In excess of £500 was raised which all goes towards the Youth Section of Barnack Cricket Club and their activities.
Lastly and most importantly, great thanks from the Cricket Club to Judy Francis, Adrienne Collins for organising absolutely everything, all the helpers and to all the table hosts and hostesses for their hard work. It is much appreciated by all the Cricket Club who continue to invest in the youth for the benefit of the Club and the village.

Christian Aid Coffee Mornings
As there is now no door to door collection in the village for Christian Aid two coffee mornings are being held on Wednesday 22 May at  The Old Mill House, Stamford Road and on Thursday 23 May at 24 Bainton Road.  Please do come and support these if you can and enjoy home made cakes or biscuits and a chat with friends. There will be a Bring and Buy and a Raffle each morning.

The Blitz Dancers
Get your Summer off to a swinging start!!  The Blitz Dancers are hosting a Vintage Dance Evening on Saturday 1st June in Peakirk Village Hall (PE6 7NG) 7.30pm til 11 pm.  We will be playing a good mix of music from the late 30’s through to the early 50’s with plenty of Big Band Swing, jive, period ballroom and communal dances.  £4 on the door to include free tea and coffee or please feel free to bring your own refreshments.  Any enquiries contact Amanda/Steve 01733 252209 or Sandra/Andrew 01733 579910.  Find Blitz Dancers on Facebook

The Allotments ...
The Allotments - those little - Plotments ,
Along the Helpston road.
A tidy field - where crops do yield,
What, villagers have growed!

Just an acre - give or taker,
Along the Helpston road.
There’s busy bees and flasks of teas,
Observers, of our country code!

Fruit and veg - behind that hedge,
Along the Helpston road.
The rows so straight - folk work till late,
Till all the weeds are hoed!

Those early tates - placed in their bates,
Along the Helpston road.
There’s peas and beans - and dirty jeans,
Grass paths all neatly mowed!

Aphids and slugs - all kinds of bugs,
Along the Helpston road,
Cause swearing words - but pretty birds,
Eat pests - so does that friendly toad!

Green houses and huts - and water buts,
Along the Helpston road,
Compost and muck, brought in by truck,
A smelly - steamy, stinking load!

Watering cans - and hose pipe bans,
Along the Helpston road.
Flowers are tended, nets suspended,
Trays of seedlings, freshly sowed!

Raspberry canes - cleaned out drains,
Along the Helpston road.
Onion sets - owners of pets,
The alotment  walk - to and fro’ed! 

Those chickens lay - an egg each day,
Along the Helpston road.
They scratch around - their compound,
At break of day - a cockerel  crowed!

Spades, barrows, rakes and harrows,
Along the Helpston road.
Pigeons be warned, and rabbits scorned,
Or tempers and guns, will explode!

Chilly rigours - of winter diggers,
Along the Helpston road.
Seed beds great - plants germinate,
When Spring at last is showed!

In Summer time - plots in their prime,
Along the Helpston road.
Colours ablaze - produce amaze,
Reward for gardeners is bestowed!

Folk like showing what they’ve been growing,
Along the Helpston road.
So open their gate, it’s  Wiki - till late,
All visitors say - “Well I’m blowed!

Praise the tenants - hard working peasants,
Along the Helpston road.
Credit to you - is certainly due,
God bless, good luck with a harvest you’re owed!
Chris H-S.